Designers Mind is a community where designers can share knowledge and experience to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. A once taboo topic, mental health initiatives are increasingly gaining publicity and as a result, discussion is no longer shameful.
The design industry is a very stressful environment often marked by designers who work incredibly long hours to meet tight deadlines. The pressure to be ‘on’ and creative is high, and expectations from leadership, clients and personal ambitions feed into the pressure and daily stress designers need to deal with. When working under this pressure, often the simplest of wellbeing principles get overlooked. By focusing on better mental health and wellbeing, Designers Mind supports the industry to create better and more productive designers and workplaces for designers to thrive.
A member of the Designers Mind Team Kael Gillam, is an architectural lighting designer at Nulty+ with a background in theatre and a thirst for tackling the difficult things in life. Through her sporadic psychology study and her own first-hand experiences with talk therapy, Kael wants to broaden people’s minds and teach them to be more attuned to their environment, their emotions, and their bodies. Trends in Lighting caught up with her to ask more about this excellent initiative.
Kael is currently working on strategies for smaller design firms to adapt Wellbeing policies alongside her design role at Nulty+ in London.
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